On 23rd April an Election Court overturned last year's election of Lutfur Rahman as Tower Hamlets Mayor saying that Rahman and his allies were guilty of corrupt practices including baseless attempts to smear his Labour opponent. The court found that “Rahman ran a deliberate and dishonest campaign… driving a coach and horses through local authority law."

Lutfur Rahman was immediately removed as Mayor and a new election set for Thursday 11th June.

Responding to the Election Court decision John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

 “This ruling is a victory for honest politics. By setting out to break the rules and going to extraordinary lengths to win last May's Mayoral election, Lutfur Rahman and his allies, robbed the people of Tower Hamlets of the free and fair election they deserved and betrayed everyone in our community who trusted and voted for him.

 “People from across our community have been badly let down by the Mayor. After five years of abuse of public funds and public trust, it's time that residents have a council that is again on their side, that faith in free and fair elections is restored and divisions in our community are healed. 

 "I have spent thirty years standing up for the people of the East End of London and throughout my career I have challenged racism and intolerance wherever I have encountered it and that will not change. I am therefore relieved that serious but false allegations made against me have been dismissed by the Election Commissioner and I have been completely exonerated.

 “These allegations were deliberately made, in order to polarise opinion and influence the result of last May’s Mayoral election in Tower Hamlets.

 “The Mayoral election will now be rerun. It will be an opportunity for all the people of our borough to vote to reject once and for all, the kind of corrupt politics, that the petitioners, this Election Court, and the Commissioner’s judgement has exposed.

 “For too long our borough has been dragged down by the unseemly conduct of Lutfur Rahman’s administration. Enough is enough, it’s time to get democracy and accountability back in Tower Hamlets."

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